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Old 22.10.2007, 21:05
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L -> B Permit .. Needed Information

Dear Receiver,

This is my first posting in this forum.

Currently I am having valid 'L' permit valid until March 08, now I would like to apply for 'B' Permit for that my questions are

1. Can I apply my own for 'B' Permit?
2. or Is it possible to convert 'L' Permit to 'B' .

Many thanks for reply.
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Old 22.10.2007, 21:39
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Dear Receiver,

This is my first posting in this forum.

Currently I am having valid 'L' permit valid until March 08, now I would like to apply for 'B' Permit for that my questions are

1. Can I apply my own for 'B' Permit?
In a way - that is you need to go to the local town hall before your current permit expires (go about 2 weeks before and you'll be fine) and ask for a renewal - but your HR dept could do this for you.

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2. or Is it possible to convert 'L' Permit to 'B' .
Yes it is, if you have an employment contract that allows it. However, be prepared for another L for 12 months - it seems to be the norm at the moment.
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Old 22.10.2007, 23:58
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Re: L -> B Permit .. Needed Information

I heard from my HR that sometimes you got a L instead of B only because the B has been sold out, and it's possible to switch L -> B...
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Re: L -> B Permit .. Needed Information

Yes my employer told me I would have a B-permit but then 'oh there aren't any available, here is an L-permit'.

I'm sure all employers are aware there is this risk but do not inform prospective employees of the fact.

I hear it is possible to switch from L->B but you have to do it yourself and there is no certainty you won't simply get another L.

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I heard from my HR that sometimes you got a L instead of B only because the B has been sold out, and it's possible to switch L -> B...
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Old 23.10.2007, 14:38
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I hear it is possible to switch from L->B but you have to do it yourself and there is no certainty you won't simply get another L.
This is not the case. When the permit is renewed it will automatically become a B if there is available quota and if the contract is the correct type and duration.
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Old 23.10.2007, 15:02
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Re: L -> B Permit .. Needed Information

for eu/efta employees are no longer limited numbers of permits set up.
if you have an permanent contract, you will get the B-permit right from the start or instantly after your L is expired. before you can try, but the massive run by all the others who are now able to get the B will make it hard for you to get one before february 2008. mine was up end of sept07 and they told me, that i have to wait 6-8 weeks until its ready. i have heard that the bundesdruckerei ran out of official paper to print them b-permits...
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Old 23.10.2007, 15:19
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for eu/efta employees are no longer limited numbers of permits set up.
if you have an permanent contract, you will get the B-permit right from the start or instantly after your L is expired. before you can try, but the massive run by all the others who are now able to get the B will make it hard for you to get one before february 2008. mine was up end of sept07 and they told me, that i have to wait 6-8 weeks until its ready. i have heard that the bundesdruckerei ran out of official paper to print them b-permits...
Valuable information - or it would be if Sandeep123 is an EU citizen, which he is not.
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oh, did not see that...?!
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Re: L -> B Permit .. Needed Information

Can anyone throw some light on this one- my spouse who is employed here has a B-permit and as an extension of that I too have a B-permit. With the B-permit I have, can I work in any part of Switzerland ?
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Can anyone throw some light on this one- my spouse who is employed here has a B-permit and as an extension of that I too have a B-permit. With the B-permit I have, can I work in any part of Switzerland ?

If you hold a non EU B permit currently you can work in the same canton but your future employer has to apply for approval. I think if your spouse has a long term B permit, the situation is going to change with the New Foreign nationals act ie you should be able to work in the whole of switzerland starting 2008
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Can anyone throw some light on this one- my spouse who is employed here has a B-permit and as an extension of that I too have a B-permit. With the B-permit I have, can I work in any part of Switzerland ?
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If you hold a non EU B permit currently you can work in the same canton but your future employer has to apply for approval. I think if your spouse has a long term B permit, the situation is going to change with the New Foreign nationals act ie you should be able to work in the whole of switzerland starting 2008
To expand a little, if your B permit is an "extension" of your spouses B permit then it is a Dependants Permit and is for residence only and so you cannot work at all.

You have to go through the same process as any other non-EU citizen i.e. apply for a job and hope the company will apply for your work permit and that there is no Swiss or EU citizen available for the job. In practice, as you are already here, you may find the process easier than someone still in India so it's not all bad news.

As for the Kanton of residence / work, I know of at least one case where
a married couple had jobs in different Kantons and as such one partner was given permission to reside in the Kanton of their spouse while working in a different Kanton - this was very quickly arranged and seemed to be a mere formality.
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Re: L -> B Permit .. Needed Information

Further reading:

Non-EU Permits - a few bullet points.

http://www.englishforum.ch/tags/permit/
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Can anyone throw some light on this one- my spouse who is employed here has a B-permit and as an extension of that I too have a B-permit. With the B-permit I have, can I work in any part of Switzerland ?
It all depends on what type of B-permit she has. If she is also an Indian national and not an EU-national then you will need to apply for a job as a non-EU national. If she is an EU national then you too are treated as such.
 




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